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David C. Baue Photo About David C. Baue NFDA Professional Women’s Conference Scholarships

The Baue Family established David C. Baue NFDA Professional Women’s Conference Scholarships in 2021 to honor their father’s legacy and commitment to the funeral service profession. David C. Baue was a progressive funeral director who inspired his children and the funeral service profession through his leadership. In 1983, Baue helped found the National Foundation of Funeral Service’s Women in Funeral Service Seminar – the predecessor program to today’s NFDA Professional Women’s Conference.

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Thanks to generous donor support, the Funeral Service Foundation has awarded scholarships to NFDA’s Professional Women’s Conference since 1998. The conference offers women of funeral service an opportunity to learn, a chance to collaborate, and a structure for networking that elevates the profession and enriches careers. Past scholarship recipients tell us they leave the conference with greater passion for funeral service and renewed energy with which to serve their communities.


20 ALL-INCLUSIVE SCHOLARSHIPS are available to female and non-binary funeral professionals and students to attend the NFDA Professional Women’s Conference, May 5-7  in San Antonio, Texas. Applicants are not required to be NFDA members.

Scholarships cover registration and event fees, a two-night stay at the Westin Riverwalk, and up to $500 in travel reimbursement.

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must be verifiably employed in funeral service or related occupations.

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must be in good standing and currently attending classes at an ABSFE- or Canadian-accredited institution or program.

Please Note: Students who are enrolled, but have not yet begun coursework at the time of application, are not eligible to apply.



Each candidate is required to answer five questions in no more than 250 words per question, and submit a brief video, no longer than two minutes.


Scholarship submissions to attend the NFDA Professional Women’s Conference will be accepted February 6-22.


  • Past recipients of Funeral Service Foundation scholarships for any previous in-person NFDA Professional Women’s Conference are ineligible. (Those who received a 2020 Virtual NFDA Professional Women’s Conference Scholarship may apply.)
  • Scholarships will be awarded without regard to race, religious beliefs, age, national origin, or disability.
  • Scholarships are not renewable and a candidate may only receive this award once.
  • Recipients are required to attend all conference functions, and should plan travel accordingly.
  • If unable to attend designated scholarship events, the scholarship recipient will forfeit their scholarship for that year, but may apply in subsequent years.
  • All scholarships are subject to available funds.
  • All award decisions of the Funeral Service Foundation are final.
  • Alternates may be selected in the event that a scholarship recipient decides not to accept the award.
  • Only completed applications will be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • The Funeral Service Foundation reserves the right to eliminate from consideration incomplete applications without further notice to the applicant.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2022 David C. Baue NFDA Professional Women’s Conference Scholarship Winners!


Katie Anthony-Clapp
Anthony Funeral Homes
Akron, OH

Alison Brettnacher
Baue Funeral Home
St. Charles, MO

Lauren Budrow
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI

Shaiyla Hakeem
L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home
Youngstown, OH

Karla Henderson
Giddens Memorial Chapel
Las Vegas, NV

Amaya Hendrick
March Funeral Home
Richmond, VA

Katey Houston
Return Home
Auburn, WA

Nikima Jolly
It is Well Funeral Concierge
Fairburn, GA

Megan Konrady
Geisen-carlisle Funeral Home
Michigan City, IN

Nicolette Maimone
Cinicinnati College of Mortuary Science
Cincinnati, OH

Linda McAulay
Scott McAulay Family New Options Funeral Service
Fullerton, CA

Melissa Mina
Springfield Funeral Home
Kelowna, BC

Bethany Moscalink
Paul G. Fink Funeral Home, Inc.
Connellsville, PA

Kaitlynn Schrader
Roberts of Ocala Funerals and Cremations
Ocala, FL

Megan Thulien
Zacherl Funeral Home
Fond du Lac, WI

Monica Torres
NXT Generation Mortuary Support
Phoenix, AZ

Allison Voorhess
Wm. Sullivan and Son Funeral Directors
Royal Oak, MI

Laura Wagner
Highlands Family-Owned Funeral Home
Louisville, KY

Crystal Webster
Sharing Solace
Olathe, KS

Kimberly Worl
Dimond & Shannon Mortuary
Garden Grove, CA